Jan, 21, 2010: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a speech on Internet freedom at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
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How did Chinese government respond to this speech?
Q: In her speech on internet freedom on January 21, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on China’s internet policy, accusing China of restricting internet freedom. How do you comment?
A: The US attacks China’s internet policy, indicating that China has been restricting internet freedom. We resolutely oppose such remarks and practices that contravene facts and undermine China-US relations.
China’s internet is open. China is a country with the most vibrant internet development. By the end of last year, China had 384 million internet users, 3.68 million websites and 180 million blogs. China’s Constitution guarantees people’s freedom of speech. It is China’s consistent policy to promote the development of internet. China has its own national conditions and cultural traditions. It supervises internet according to law, which is in parallel with the international practice.
Hacking in whatever form and offence of others’ privacy is prohibited by law in China. As a major victim of hacking in the world, China believes that the international community should intensify the cooperation in jointly combating internet hacking so as to safeguard internet security and protect the privacy of citizens in accordance with law.
We urge the US to respect facts and stop attacking China under the excuse of the so-called freedom of internet. We hope that the US side can work with China to earnestly implement the consensus between leaders of both countries on developing bilateral relationship in the new era by strengthening dialogue, exchanges and cooperation, respecting each other’s core interest and major concerns and properly handling differences and sensitive issues so as to ensure the healthy and stable development of China-US relationship.
This statement was reposted in many major Chinese websites, and then the Chinese media echoed. Here are some articles, I do not have the time to translate them:
Deng Xin-xin: Google should reflect, to apologize to China!
Xinhua: The purpose of United States playing a "savior"
Global Net: Google carefully planned the withdraw incident
National Internet Emergency Center: China is the biggest victim of hacking
People’s Commentary: The United States Internet diplomat is hypocritical and pragmatism
And today this caught my eye as well as many Chinese bloggers attentions.
A Netizen’s open letter to U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Clinton:
Hello! I am a Chinese netizens, when I saw you criticizing the Chinese government constructing and managing the internet, falsely accusing the Chinese government restricting the Internet’s “free flow of information”, so called “open and free network”, “do not restrict the use and access of the internet”, I felt baffled.
First of all, Chinese government does not restrict internet users to use and access the Internet. I am a commentary writer; I spend most of my free time on the internet, looking for news, looking for different angles, writing reviews, expressing my views and opinions, and sometimes giving my personal comments and suggestions to the Government. So far, I have published thousands of articles, millions of words on uncountable websites like People’s daily, Xinhua and China Net etc. The government never give me any warnings and notices to tell me not go get on the internet or not to express my personal views.
Secondly, I do not find information on the network unable to flow freely. 9 Am this morning, I turned on my computer, and went on People’s Daily, Xinhua, China News, Sina, Sohu, Netease, IFeng and other major websites. I can open and view information about politics, economic, military, sports, entertainment and current affairs. I sent an email to my friend “Yixiao”and Netizen “Yixiao” got my email quickly. I also chat with my friends on QQ group and never was affected by anything or noticed any information not able to flow.
Again, I hope the government strengthens the security management of the Internet. Although the Internet is a free world, it is like the real world, is not going to work without rules and regulations, absolute freedom is ultimately lack of freedom, even makes people scared and afraid. The network without laws and regulations we all do not dare to go on, afraid of personal information being leaked out, even being sold. To me, what gives me the most headache is my commentary articles often being reposted, and I am not being paid for repost fees, I felt that my copyrights had been violated, but I was helpless. Therefore, I hope the Government can strengthen the network management, improve network security, to protect internet users’ personal information and privacy, to protect my copyright and other legal rights.
Finally, Ms. Clinton, I believe that you do not wish your personal information to be sold online; do not wish personal information being spied on and leaked out, do not wish U. S. companies to trade secrets being stolen, even more so do not wish the U. S. government leak out confidential information. I believe the United State is also strengthening the supervision and management of these areas.
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire; do not unto others as you would not have them do unto you. Why do you accuse the Chinese government managing China’s Internet according to the law? Have you ever considered The Chinese internet users hope the Chinese government can provide a more secure and reliable network? You, the police of Pacific, aren’t you trying to interfere too much? Please put away your stuff, Ms. Hillary Clinton.
– A Chinese netizens: Wang Jie (王捷)
January 23, 2010 AM
This post had 84 comments on People.com.cn and all of them are praising the article. saying things like “support!”, “Get out Google”, “U.S. is a paper tiger” and so on.
“At first I thought the author was being sarcastic then later i realized he is a 50 cent party.”
Irony, irony, aren’t you tired of reading sarcasm everyday? Now everyone is getting so use to it. Curse is always straight forward, praising is being sarcastic. Now even the letter written by a 50 cent party I interpreted it as sarcasm.
Then of course some reposted this on Tianya. The poster said:
Did not want to post, but I saw this news really made me angry, When the authors talks about the internet situation here why do I feel like I am dreaming?